22 October 2020 - New Battery installed, Yuasa
YT12B-BS Battery The old battery was 6 years
old, passed down from the ST4s in 2016.
21 Feb 2018 - Changed brake fluid and clutch
fluid: flush, fill, and bleed. Also flushed cooling system with Liqui-Moly
cooling system flush and refilled with Engine
16 Feb 2018 - Very please with the LED headlight
modification done on my 998sFE. Swapped in
LED bulbs for instrument panel gauges
(speedometer and tachometer) as well as High
Beam indicator and Neutral indicator.
Cannot use the LED bulb for turn signal
indicator due to polarity maybe? and cannot use
for the low fuel light (it stays on all time
resistance value?) Looks nice, tachometer
and speedometer especially so.
29 Dec 2017 - Much has happened since the last
update; in the latest news, I am in process of a
headlight upgrade to LED. I obtained a
spare headlight assembly ($350) and a SaberLED
light kit from DDM Tuning. To make the
left side bulb fit, given the size of the
projector reflector assembly, I had to modify
the reflector by cutting about 3/4" out of the
parabolic shape reflector nearest the mounting
bezel - front or larger opening end.
Photos and details will be in the
page. The reflector has to be shortened
due to the small cooling
fan on the back of the LED bulb.
Originally, I had thought I would install an HID kit but the slim
ballast and the two large CANBUS electric
filters on each side were just too bulky for me
and made the back side of the nose fairing look
like a rummage sale in a bird's nest.
The stock bulbs in the original headlight
assembly are preserved for future but I cannot
see going back to them on my own, as the light
is so dim at night that I simply refused to ride
it at night. I just could not see anything beyond
several yards in front of the bike, new halogen
bulbs and clear glass, they still worked like a
1920's era coal miner's lamp.
10 Dec 2017 - New rear tire, Pirelli Diablo
Rosso Corsa Motorcycle 190/50ZR-17.
Putting my tire machine to good use and my
tire balancing skills too! Spent some time on
ride height check, using the old "Section8" set
up technique and cross referencing Ducati data
as well as using the Motowheels Ride Height
measurement tool. The data is in the
I need to double check chain length data and
rear eccentric position, viewed from the left
side of the bike, my eccentric is now at the
6:00 ~ 5:30 o'clock position... which is OK.
My chain is 94 links which is the stock length
if I am to believe what I have read in the
workshop manual. Stock Chain is 525 94
links with a 15T front sprocket and 36T rear.
I have a 14T front sprocket with a 36T rear
now, previously I had a 38T rear and the
eccentric was in the 7:00~7:30 position, which I
don't think was good but didn't dwell on it at
the time, I think I should have a 525 96 link
chain if I want to run that 38T rear. I do
have the first generation AFAM quick change
May 2017 - Completed my steering stem nut mod
and install of RAM mount on new steering stem
nut for my phone...looks great, details will get
put in modification's page.
8 Apr 2017 - 12K service completed.
Valve adjustments and Timing belts replaced
along with oil (Shell Advance 15w50 and K+N 153
filter). Also replaced the cooling system
hoses with Silicon hose kit and installed
aluminum coolant reservoir.
17 Mar 14 - Flushed and filled cooling
system, oil and filter changed, Mobile 1 4T
10w40 with K+N153 oil filter
3 Aug 2013 - Been feeling like the bike handling
is too harsh over bumps and seams...not
confidence inspiring. Made bold shift to
soften the compression damping front and rear.
settings noted in maintenance section.
Went to 24 clicks on front tubes, (they were at
10) and similar in rear, 20 clicks where it was
at 12... .
29 Apr 2013 - Fitted Pirelli Diablo Corsa rear
tire, 190/55ZR17 and 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo
Corsa III front tire. Source Motorcycle
Superstore, $198.99 - free shipping.
2 Nov 2012 - Installed
SW-Motech Quick Lock
Electric Tankring and Tank
Bag --12V Electronic Tank Ring
17/18 March 2012 - Complete service...9800mi
5 April 2011 - Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber rear hugger
installed, like the looks and will be happy to
not have road dirt flung onto rear shock!
5 November 2010 - Helibar
install...about time, i am looking forward to
the difference, little more leverage plus more
comfortable riding positions! Few STM
widgets, frame plugs and oil fill plug.
Installed CRG brake and clutch levers, very
happy with looks! Some billet reservoir
covers, will post photos soon.
3 Oct 2010, finally back from
Tampa!!! Glad to be back to Tennessee and
with family and back to my 998sFE. New
front tire Pirelli Diablo Corsa III120/90-ZR17
7 September 2009 - nice ride and
just enough to finish up that Michelin back
tire...time for a Pirelli Diablo
replacement...back wheel removed. Key is
having an impact wrench to get that nut off.
Torque value is 170 N-m but getting it off
requires a bit more than that...quite a bit!
So, back wheel will go to Alain at Corse
Motorsports in Nashville and I should have a
nice new rear tire for our trip to Knoxville, TN
24-27 Sep. Can't wait! Other than a
few rides, couple of washes and a new Ducati
Superbike cover, no new news.
January 2008 - Enough sun to wash
and detail but too cold to ride
2 November 2007 - Speedy Moto
clutch cover, pressure plate, springs, and
spring caps arrive and are installed...very nice
28 July 2007 - Pirelli Diablo
Corsa III on front wheel
21 June 2007 - Michelin Pilot
Power CT2 front tire recalled... waiting to get
6 May 2007 - 998s FE web site up
2007 - Plenty of developments, My 998S FE is
freshly serviced (6000 miles) and has new
Michelins front and rear; total price ~$1300.
Need to post valve adjustment data, Alain did a
great job, she runs silky smooth and incredibly
1 October 2006 - Purchased a
2004 998s Final Edition. It sure is a